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Microsoft Intune Service Description


Updated: April 24, 2015

Applies To: Microsoft Intune

Use this information to learn which Microsoft device management solution is right for your organization.

Microsoft Intune is a cloud-based service that helps you manage computers and mobile devices and secure your company's information assets. It lets you manage Windows computers and mobile devices including iOS, Android, Windows RT and Windows Phone devices.You can use Intune alone or you can integrate it with System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager to extend management capabilities.

You can start using Intune with a 30-day free trial that includes 100 user licenses. To start your free trial, click here to visit the Intune Sign up page.


If your organization has a Microsoft Online Services work or school account, and you might continue with this Intune subscription in production after the trial period ends, then you should click the Sign in option on that page and authenticate by using the Global Administrator account for your organization. This action will ensure that your Intune trial links to your existing work or school account. If your organization has an Enterprise Agreement or equivalent volume licensing agreement, please contact your Microsoft representative to set up your free trial.

For a list of settings that you can configure on mobile devices, see:

For information on System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager, see Documentation Library for System Center 2012 Configuration Manager.

You can configure Intune in a number of ways to manage and secure your company's mobile devices and computers (referred to as devices in the remainder of this document).

  • Intune stand-alone configuration. Use the web-based administration console in Intune to manage devices in your organization. Intune can be used without any on-premises IT infrastructure, but if you use Intune with Active Directory Domain Services, you can use domain user accounts that you manage with Domain Services with Intune.

  • Intune with System Center Configuration Manager. Use the System Center 2012 Configuration Manager management console to manage computers and mobile devices in your enterprise. This configuration can help you to manage all of your organization’s devices through a single console, the Configuration Manager Admin Console. Configuration Manager supports very large numbers of mobile devices, servers and computers. For more information, see How to Manage Mobile Devices by Using Configuration Manager and Microsoft Intune in the Documentation Library for System Center 2012 Configuration Manager.

This evaluation guide focuses primarily on the capabilities of the Intune stand-alone configuration. For more help deciding which approach is right for you, see Microsoft Intune and System Center 2012 Configuration Manager

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